What is the DANUBIS.org Water Platform?

DANUBIS.org stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS.org Water Platform is an online knowledge space of resources on water and wastewater services in South-East, Eastern, and Central Europe. DANUBIS.org is jointly managed by the World Bank and IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area. 

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16 March 2018

Launch of the Water Action Decade

On World Water Day, 22 March 2018, the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028 will be launched at the United Nations.
The event, led by the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, will feature high level participation including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antònio Guterres, to the musician Pitbull, a long standing advocate for water issues. The Decade aims to further improve cooperation, partnership and capacity development in response to the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Access the Water Action Decade website on www.wateractiondecade.org


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 March 2018

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16 March 2018

NOW AVAILABLE: "The OECD Principles on Water Governance: From policy standards to practice"

This joint initiative between the OECD - particularly its Water Governance Initiative. - and the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) seeks to provide a canvas for a scientific approach to the OECD Principles on Water Governance and their use as a tool for multi-stakeholder dialogue in different contexts. The OECD Principles, adopted in 2015, are used as a common thread across the articles to feed theoretical and conceptual frameworks and draw lessons from practical experiences in water governance reforms. All papers were co-authored by groups of diverse stakeholders involved in the OECD Water Governance Initiative, including academics, regulators, utilities, NGOs, international organisations, user representatives and policy makers.

The special issue is available at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rwin20/43/1?nav=tocList#.

For any question, please contact water.governance@oecd.org. More on OECD work on water governance: http://www.oecd.org/cfe/watergovernanceprogramme.htm



Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 March 2018

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16 March 2018

Interesting Blog on "Principles of Progressive Partnerships"

Blog post on "Principles of Progressive Partnerships" contributed by Yang G. Villa,Senior Manager for Public-Private Partnerships and Lead for Industry Innovation, Metro Pacific Water:

"If we are to achieve the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), between now and 2030 we must provide access to safe drinking water to almost half a million people, and access to improved sanitation to a million people, every single day. The scale of reaching the targets for water and sanitation in SDG6 is immense, but the challenge is not impossible.

Success requires many ingredients, but perhaps more than anything, this daunting task makes partnerships and collaboration absolutely critical. This is specifically recognised in SDG17, which promotes partnerships and cross sectoral approaches. The question for many in the water sector is not why do we need partnerships, but with whom and how should we develop impactful partnerships? In doing so, how can we add value to each other in meaningful, lasting, and inclusive ways?

I offer three Principles of Progressive Partnerships that will not only increase the number, but also improve the quality, of collaborations to achieve the SDGs...."

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 March 2018

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

@ Czech Republic, REGIONAL

15 March 2018

Assistant Professor/Associated Professor of Hydrobiology, Limnology, Water Research

Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan and prestigious institution of higher education. It is the largest and most renowned Czech university, and it is also the best-rated Czech university according to international rankings. There are 17 faculties at the University, plus 3 institutes and 6 other centres. The Faculty of Science was established in 1920 as the fifth faculty of Charles University. It currently has 29 departments, 3 museums and a Botanical Garden.

Teaching and research activities related to the subject of the positions; independent publishing and grant PI activity.

Salary to be negotiated, full-time job (40 hours per week).

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 15 March 2018

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Calls and Tenders


15 March 2018

Application for Financial Support for Young Professionals to attend the 2018 World Water Week in Stockholm

To be eligible to apply, you must accept the policies regarding cancellation, attendance, travel and accommodation. Please note that SIWI and Arup do not cover costs related to visa, per diem or other costs which might occur during your participation at the World Water Week.

Attendance policy:
If you are the beneficiary of financial support from SIWI and Arup, you are required to attend the specific Young Professionals sessions on August 26. If asked, you are required to assist with the specific events in any way needed. If you do not fulfill these requirements and do not have a legitimate* reason, you will be required to reimburse the full costs. 

Travel policy:
Please note that if you receive financial support for travel, all flight bookings must be made through SIWI's travel agency, via the link that you will receive with your registration link. SIWI does NOT allow for reimbursements of travel booked through other agencies. SIWI and Arup will only cover costs for foreign travel, all domestic travel costs must be covered by the participant. SIWI only allows bookings in direct connection to the World Water Week, no extra stopovers or prolonged stays will be accepted. SIWI only covers tickets in economy class. Please note that any extra costs due to re-bookings must be paid by the participant.

Accommodation policy:
If you are granted financial support for accommodation, the hotel must be booked through your registration link. SIWI does NOT allow for reimbursements of accommodation booked in other ways.

Cancellation policy:
Once you have registered and have booked travel and/or accommodation, you are expected to attend the entire World Water Week. If you cancel your participation and do not have a legitimate* reason, you will be required to reimburse the complete cost of cancellation, including any applicable administrative fees.

Deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2018

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 15 March 2018

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Job Opening

@ Moldova

20 February 2018

Moldova citizens: National Project Officer

The incumbent is recruited by the OCEEA (on a part-time basis - at 50% time) and is physically based in the OSCE Mission to Moldova to support the implementation of the OSCE project "Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Dniester River Basin" led by the OCEEA.

This Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project will assist the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine in the implementation of the Dniester River Basin Treaty that entered into force in July 2017 and had been drafted, negotiated, signed and ratified with the OSCE support. The project will help establish, as required by the Treaty, a Dniester River Basin Commission and its working groups to enable effective implementation of the Treaty. It envisions development of a detailed Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis for the basin and of a joint Strategic Action Programme. 

Note: This is a temporary position per the duration of the project, through July 2020.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 20 February 2018

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Danubis.org News

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22 May 2017

DANUBIS.org Breakfast held at the 2017 DWC

IAWD and World Bank organized a breakfast on the Danubis.org water platform, which was attended by donor agency representatives, regulatory agencies, waterworks associations and individual utilities to jointly brainstorm around how to promote and enhance the use of this rich tool,  with great potential to promote WSS sector agenda and unique analytical tools by utilities and other stakeholders in the Danube region.

Contributed by Danubis on 30 June 2017

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16 May 2017

Summary of April 24, 2017 DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

Please find the Minutes of the DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting on 24 April 2017 attached.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 May 2017

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11 May 2017

How to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast on 19 May?

Did you know the origin of the term “Benchmark”?

The term “bench mark”, or “benchmark”, originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line. Even today, brass plates can be found all over the U.K. displaying the letters “OSBM” (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark).

Today, benchmarking is most used to measure performance using a specific indicator (cost per unit of measure, productivity per unit of measure, cycle time of x per unit of measure or defects per unit of measure) resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others.

If you want to learn more about the benchmarking database on DANUBIS.org, please use the password “Benchmark” to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast!


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 11 May 2017

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Upcoming Events

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World Water Council

World Water Forum 2018

Brasilia, Brasil // 18 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

Conference / Workshop

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth”.

The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the World Water Forum, in different countries, on four different continents. In 2014, Brazil’s candidature to host the event was successful and Brasilia was selected as the host-city for the event. Accordingly, in 2018, Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the World Water Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 31 January 2018

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@ Bulgaria

Bulgarian Water Association

Tenth International Conference Bulaqua

Sofia, Bulgaria // 27 March 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair



BWA organises on 27-28 March 2018 its traditional conference “Bulaqua”. During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU main topic of the event will be the future investments in the water sector.


The conference aims to put accent on the priorities, perspectives and requirements that stand in front of the WSS sector for more efficient work of all stakeholders. The considerable and complex projects as well as the need of enormous investments regarding the water sector require the assemblage of the whole national management, expert and execution resource. In this regard BWA recognises the need to attract both public and private stakeholders in order to resolve the issues that investors and beneficiaries meet daily.

The main aim of the event being unofficial part of the programme for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018 is to present to all attendees best available practices and ideas in the context of the conference.


• The needs for investments within the context of constantly changing EU legislation;
• Possibilities for access to EU funds and their efficiency;
• Public-private partnerships as instrument for financing;
• WSS services’ prices and their social tolerance;
• Innovative technologies, materials and constructions;
• Modern technologies for wastewater and sludge treatment;
• Scientific & technical developments in the WSS sector.


International authors wishing to submit papers should send to the e-mail address of BWA (see below) an abstract in English, up to 200 words (1/2 page A4), until December 22nd, 2017. Abstracts should be presented as MS Word files, typesetting Arial 10 pt for the whole text, left alignment, Normal style, Sentence case. The time for presentation is up to 20 min.

The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by January 12th, 2018 and the successful authors will be invited to submit by March 2nd, 2018 via e-mail the full text of their papers (maximum 10 pages 18 000 chars with spaces) and/or presentations in English. No special requirements exist for papers formatting. Both abstracts and papers will be put on the web site of BWA (with the permission of the corresponding author). Please note that the presentation is obligatory for the event. The author of approved abstract (with no advertising material) does not pay entrance fee for the conference.

The authors of approved abstract (with no advertising material in in) do not pay participation fee for the conference.


The possibilities for partnership will be available soon on the web site of BWA - http://bwa-bg.com/en/bwa_events/bulaqua-2018/


Along with the conference a specialised International Exhibition “Water Sofia 2017” will take place in the same venue during 27-29 March 2018. The participants of the conference will receive a pass for the exhibition. Additional details can be found in the attached files, as well as by visiting the site of our partners or the topic of the event on BWA’s web site.


• Submission of abstracts 22.12.2017
• Confirmation for approved abstract 12.01.2018
• Second call and preliminary programme 22.01.2018
• Registraion start 22.03.2018
• Full text of reports or presentations of an applied scientific report 2.03.2018
• Inquiry for advertising presentations 2.03.2018

Looking forward to meeting you in Bulgaria - the BWA's team is at your disposal for any questions and inquiries via e-mail: bwa.sofia@gmail.com

Language: Bulgarian / English

Contributed by Dimitar Mihalkov on 19 December 2017

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@ Bosnia and Herzegovina, REGIONAL

Association for Water and Environmental Protection Sector „Aquasan Network in B&H“

Efficient and Sustainable Water Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina // 17 April 2018 - 19 April 2018

Conference / Workshop

By organising the 3rd Regional Conference “Efficient and
Sustainable Water Services in B&H”, Aquasan Network in
B&H continues to contribute to the improvement of sustainable
water services provision and better organisation and
development of individual, organisational and institutional
capacities in the sector. The Conference will gather most
relevant actors from the communal water service sector
from B&H and the region, who will have the opportunity to
discuss and define next steps necessary for improving the
sector, strengthening horizontal and vertical cooperation,
promoting and advocating for mutual interests in the sector
and contributing to the recognition of the sector at all levels
through the exchange of knowledge, information, experience
and best practices.

Cost: free of charge

Language: B&H languages and simultaneous translation into english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 27 February 2018

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Country resources


25 May 2017

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Energy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Macedonia

Methodology for the setting of water service tariffs

The Methodology for the setting of water service tariffs shall be adopted so as to set the tariffs by which the water service providers shall generate the regulated revenue required for performing one of the following water services: 

- supply with raw water envisaged for water supplying of the population; 

- supply with drinking water or water supplying;  

- urban wastewater collection and drainage and 

- wastewater treatment. 

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Contributed by Danubis on 30 January 2018

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Research Report


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World Bank - Danube Water Program

FYR Macedonia Country Note

Water and Wastewater Services in the Danube Region - A state of the sector

This note is part of a regional state of the sector review and makes an overall assessment of the state of the sector along different dimensions - namely the context for services, the organization of services, access to services, performance of services and the financing of services.

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Contributed by Angelika Heider on 29 January 2018

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Government policy or strategy


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National River Basin Management Plan 2015

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 28 August 2017

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Sector resources

Background or theoretical study


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Aziza Akhmouch, Delphine Clavreul, Peter Glas

Introducing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 March 2018

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Good Practice review


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International Water Association

Wastewater Report 2018 - The Reuse Opportunity

The report aims to illustrate the wastewater challenge
and reuse opportunity in eight cities across the globe, presenting
a reuse roadmap and identifying priorities and benefits
to meeting SDG target 6.3. The cities profiled in this
report are not the ‘usual suspects’ of pioneering cities who
have been on this trajectory for some time, but rather cities
small and large from developing countries where the existing
and future challenges are felt more acutely and the need for
change is pressing.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 05 March 2018

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A healthy link: The Protocol on Water and Health and the Sustainable Development Goals

Water, sanitation and health are at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 1999 Protocol on Water and Health is a powerful tool to promote and operationalize the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. With its strong integrated and intersectoral approach, its focus on prevention and on the whole water cycle and its attention to safety and equity aspects, the Protocol’s provisions and principles fully align with SDG 6 “clean water and sanitation”, SDG 3 “good health and well-being” and other water, sanitation and health related targets.

The Protocol’s planning and accountability approach offers a practical framework for Parties to translate the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda into specific national targets and action addressing the key underlying challenges of the sustainable development such as weak governance, intersectoral cooperation and capacity.

The present brochure provides an insight on the linkages between the Protocol and the 2030 Agenda and outlines how the Protocol mechanisms and tools can support countries in achieving the water, sanitation and health related SDGs.

Publisher: United Nations,

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 01 March 2018

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11 March 2018

#DSI unit wins wastewater project in Moldova - Gulf Digital News

Gulf Digital News

Dubai-based building contractor Drake & Scull International (DSI) said its German subsidiary, Passavant Energy & Environment (PE&E), has secured a Dh110 million ($30 million) contract to undertake the rehabilitation works for a wastewater treatment ...and more »